_ Case studies and best practices for engineering leaders

Engineering Leader’s blog

Learn from some of the most accomplished engineering leaders. This blog brings you key insights from fellow engineering managers and tech leaders to level-up your management skills and to take your developer team to the next level.

Testing Distributed Systems: Case Studies from the Pros

by Tamás Török / June 14, 2018

Figuring out how to test complex, distributed systems causes a lot of headaches. And the thing is, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Distributed systems serve a specific need, so its architecture is built in a way to serve that business need. Chances are, the testing methods vary as well, and I haven’t even mentioned the number of independent services that also influences the testing methodology. 

Since it’s impossible to come up with a universal answer for testing distributed systems, we did interviews with 6 cool tech leaders to reveal their methods of testing. 

In this post, they will talk about how their systems work and the methods they use to test them.

How Tech Companies Motivate Developers to Join and Stay at Their Company

by Tamás Török / May 17, 2018

There is huge competition for talented developers. As a developer or tech lead, you have probably experienced this by receiving countless offers through LinkedIn or personal recommendations. Hiring new developers is hard. There aren’t enough developers on the market, and you’re competing for talent with big tech companies such as Facebook and Google who have much bigger resources.

Software Development Trends 2018: Research and Data

by Tamás Török / April 11, 2018

State of Software Development 2018 report

Software development evolves super-fast. A tool or framework used today might be obsolete tomorrow. Our intention is to take a snapshot of the industry, track how it evolved in the past and make an educated guess as to where it’s heading. This year’s report will give you the data you need to benchmark your activities against other survey participants, get some insights to further improve your developer team and keep up with the rapidly changing industry.

Developer Team Performance: Why Your Team Slows Down and What to do About It

by Tamás Török / February 13, 2018

There are many different things that could slow down your team and eventually lead to missed deadlines and expectations.

It happens quite often.

But this shouldn't happen.

In this post, we will uncover the main things that can slow down your team and provide some hands-on tips to address these issues.

Our intention is to help you structure the problem and uncover different internal and external factors that could impact your team’s productivity.

Team Productivity: 9 Ways to Improve Developers Productivity

by Tamás Török / January 24, 2018

It’s really challenging to stay productive individually in today’s environment, and the same applies to team productivity. How do you help your team get more things done while team productivity is constantly challenged? You not only need tools but rather a complex system that allows your developers to get the most out of their days and eventually, as a team, to reach their goals. This post is here to help you significantly improve your developers’ productivity.

Microservice Architecture: All the Best Practices You Need to Know

by Tamás Török / November 30, 2017

Switching to a microservice architecture seems easy, but tech leaders tend to underestimate the complexity of the project and make disastrous mistakes. Before transforming your monolithic system into microservices, or starting one from scratch, you need to carefully consider the technological and organizational challenges that will arise.

4 Effective Knowledge Transfer Methods for Software Teams

by Tamás Török / November 14, 2017

We all know knowledge transfer is key to building a kickass software developer team, but among many pressing issues, knowledge transfer is one of the first things that will be put aside when a burning deadline is approaching. But, the problem still stays here: knowledge is unevenly available in your team. In this blog post, we show you the most effective knowledge transfer methods for software teams.